How big is my personal climate impact?
It's easy to find out. Add these into the carbon calculator:
- Vehicle travel data (per year)
- Air trips (per year)
- Hydro bills
- Gas and heating oil usage
- Food habits (your personal choices, not your entire household)
- Consumption and waste habits
You’ll find out how many tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) you have emitted in a year. The lower your greenhouse gas emissions, the lower your impact on our planet's climate. (See notes below the table for about what the result includes and doesn't include.).
What should my goal be?
In order to protect our communities and ecosystems, greenhouse gas emissions need to come down. In order to keep global warming to 1.5 oC, greenhouse gas emissions need reduce to zero by 2050, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report released in 2018. Choosing renewable energy, using active transportation, and making "lighter living" choices with food and consumption can all help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. See the Saanich Climate Plan Backgrounder [PDF - 3 MB] for more information on actions you can take to lower your emissions and maintain a great quality of life.